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Thu Jan 4 2018 (Updated 01/05/18)KPFA Radio at Risk
Thu Jan 4 2018 (Updated 01/05/18)Pacifica Radio on the Ropes; Could Be Out of Existence by Middle of January
On January 8, Berkeley's KPFA radio may have its money and property seized by the Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT) because of a 1.8 million dollar debt accumulated by sister station WBAI in New York. At that point, KPFA's building and bank account may no longer be under their own control, potentially taking not only WBAI off the air, but the entire Pacifica Network which includes KPFA in Berkeley, KPFK in Los Angeles, KPFT in Houston, and WPFW in Washington D.C. The Pacifica National Board has yet to take decisive action to protect the assets of the foundation, leaving the future of the network uncertain. How aggressive ESRT will be regarding Pacifica's assets remains unknown.
Fri Oct 6 2017 (Updated 10/20/17)Memorial for Bay Area Activist Kaye "Nana" Griffin
Fri Oct 6 2017 (Updated 10/20/17)Indybay Co-Founder Kaye "Nana" Griffin Passes On
Kaye "Nana" Griffin, an Indybay co-founder, passed on in early August. Nana was involved in the Bay Area activism scene for decades, including queer liberation, housing and many other local struggles. Nana also carried one of the first Indybay press passes. Her memorial service is on Saturday, October 21, 2:00 PM, at the Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission St. in San Francisco. Keith McHenry recalls, "Kaye spent many hours volunteering with San Francisco Food Not Bombs and reported on the arrests and court cases posting on Indybay. She participated in nearly all the huge protests with her pet rat on her shoulder and I remember her insightful comments about a wide range of issues."
Wed Sep 27 2017State Repression Against IMC Grenoble and IMC Nantes
On September 21, the French Ministry of Interior ordered two Indymedia websites — Indymedia Nantes and Indymedia Grenoble — to take down a communiqué claiming responsibility for a fire at a Grenoble police depot the previous night. According to the government, the hosted text constitutes a "provocation to terrorism". Both Indymedia collectives decided to take down the communiqué to avoid being put on a secret blocking list sent by the government to major ISPs in France. Indymedia Grenoble says, "this request (...) directly echoes the attack which took place in Germany on the 25th of August against Indymedia Linksunten, an attack which resulted in the police raid of four households and a self-administered social service center, citing similar pretexts."
Wed Sep 20 2017 (Updated 09/21/17)FCC Chair's Meeting with Tech Execs Greeted with Protest
Wed Sep 20 2017 (Updated 09/21/17)Demonstrators in San Francisco Say Net Neutrality Is a Racial Justice Issue
Despite the fact that he froze services to low-income internet users soon after taking office, Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai came to San Francisco to talk to tech executives about bridging the digital divide for underserved communities. Pai was named by President Trump as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in January. When he visited San Francisco on September 12, protesters demonstrated at the site of the meeting in the city's financial district, saying net neutrality is a racial justice issue.
Mon Sep 4 201722nd Annual Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair
The Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair is an annual event that brings together people interested in radical work to connect, learn, and discuss through books and information tables, workshops, panel discussions, skillshares, films, and more. The free event will take place on Saturday, September 16 in Oakland. Workshops include Surveillance Self Defense, Rad Families, Palestine to Chowchilla, Women’s DIY Health, and Knowing the Enemy. Organizers state, "We seek to create an inclusive space to introduce new folks to anarchism, foster a productive dialogue between various political traditions as well as anarchists from different milieus, and create an opportunity to dissect our movements’ strengths, weaknesses, strategies, and tactics."
Mon Sep 4 2017Solidarity with Linksunten Indymedia
Linksunten.indymedia.org, the main independent media website in Germany, was banned by the German government's Ministry of Interior on August 25. Maintaining the website and using its logo are now considered criminal offenses in the country. Linksunten volunteers are also being prosecuted as a "club," which means that administrators are considered responsible for everything that has been published. Administrators are also being accused of being members of a terrorist association. This represents a new step in the repression in Europe. The last time something of this significance occurred was in 1995, when the German central power banned the newspaper "Radikal", which sparked demonstrations all over the country.
Sun Sep 3 2017 (Updated 09/04/17)The Job of the Media is To Divorce Movements From Their Base
Sun Sep 3 2017 (Updated 09/04/17)Corporate Media Attacks Antifa Weeks After Ridiculing Trump for Blaming "Both Sides"
Tens of thousands of people hit the streets of San Francisco and Berkeley against a series of far-right rallies. Antifascist groups, labor, faith-based organizations, and a multitude of sectors mobilized to confront the far-right, showing that the autonomous power and energy that was unleashed after Charlottesville is still very much alive and is growing among the broader population. But, in the face of growing mass popular opposition not controlled or contained by the Democratic Party, through building a coalition that includes anarchists and antifascists, both the Right, Center, and liberal Left began to launch a series of attacks in the media against "antifa."
Sat Aug 26 2017 (Updated 09/03/17)Linksunten Indymedia Declares “We Will Be Back Soon”
Sat Aug 26 2017 (Updated 09/03/17)German Government Shuts Down Linksunten Indymedia: What It Means and What to Do
On August 25, the German government raided and shut down Linksunten Indymedia, an integral part of the global Independent Media Center network, and the most widely used German-language platform for radical politics and organizing. In Freiburg, riot police seized computers and harassed those they accuse of maintaining the site, justifying their actions on the grounds that the alleged administrators constitute an illegal organization intent on destroying the German Constitution. This represents a massive escalation in state repression against what the authorities call “left-wing extremism,” disingenuously suggesting an equivalence between those who seek to build communities beyond the reach of state violence and Neo-Nazis organizing to carry out attacks and murders.
Thu Aug 24 2017 (Updated 09/02/17)DOJ Demands User Data from Anti-Trump Website
Thu Aug 24 2017 (Updated 09/02/17)Trump Admin Narrows Scope of Inauguration Protest Website Request But Witch Hunt Continues
Federal prosecutors say DisruptJ20.org was used to plan a violent anti-Trump riot on Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C. Initially, the Department of Justice (DoJ) demanded that the site’s web host, DreamHost, turn over extensive data including 1.3 million IP addresses. After DreamHost and activist organizations complained that the warrant was an abuse of government authority, the DoJ narrowed the scope of the warrant on August 21, dropping IP addresses but still seeking information on private groups that organized via the website. On August 24, the court ruled that DreamHost still needs to disclose some information about the operators of disruptj20.org.
Thu Aug 17 2017 (Updated 08/18/17)Alameda Sheriff Retweets and Follows Nazi Accounts
Thu Aug 17 2017 (Updated 08/18/17)Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Retweets White Supremacist Press Conference
On the night of August 14, the official Twitter account of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office retweeted a video of a press conference organized by Richard Spencer, the icon of the white supremacist “alt-right” movement. The retweet dubbed the press conference with a “Unite the Right” hashtag — the same slogan that white supremacist groups used to mobilize people to Charlottesville, VA, which resulted in the tragic murder of an anti-racist demonstrator by a white supremacist. A protest was held at the Sheriff’s Office in Oakland on August 16. Community members condemned not just the retweet, but the ongoing racism and violence of the Sheriff’s Office.
Wed Apr 26 2017Humboldt Anarchist Bookfair: The Reading Rainbow of Resistance
Humboldt Grassroots writes: We are excited to have this book fair at a time when Anarchism is being increasingly put into action on a large scale in many revolutionary movements around the country and around the world. The great struggles against the destruction of the forests, the earth, and the pollution of the water have brought many together as a force to be reckoned with. There are many ideas and opportunities that we can't wait to explore with the community, at the Humboldt Anarchist Bookfair! It all takes place this Saturday, April 29, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, at the Manila Community Center in Arcata.
Mon Apr 24 2017 (Updated 04/26/17)Free Speech Radio News to Shut Down
Mon Apr 24 2017 (Updated 04/26/17)Free Speech Radio News Going Silent After 17 Years of Movement Reporting
Long a go-to news source for community and independent radio stations across the country, Free Speech Radio News (FSRN) will permanently shut down at the end of April. For seventeen years, FSRN has broadcast stories documenting repression and corruption while highlighting the individuals, campaigns and movements working to bring about a more just and equitable society. Paul Riismandel writes: The loss of FSRN is truly tragic. FSRN has been dedicated to truly grassroots reporting that emphasizes local voices on the ground, with a focus on social justice.
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Pacifica National Board Overturns Rigged KPFA PNB Election & Slaps Down "Save KPFA" &"UCR" (3 comments) Friday Jan 19th 10:18 AM
"Save KPFA" & "United For Community Radio" UCR Manipulate Elections To Support Bankruptcy (2 comments) Saturday Jan 13th 4:43 PM
KPFA Local Station Board and Public Discuss Financial Crisis and Governance Saturday Jan 6th 10:53 PM
Why would honest men spread dishonest information about Pacifica's finances? (1 comment) Friday Jan 5th 11:52 AM
Empire State Realty Trust investors have an interest in feud with the Pacifica Foundation (1 comment) Friday Jan 5th 8:56 AM
The Fate of KPFA (1 comment) Wednesday Jan 3rd 11:16 AM
Reclaim MLK 2018: 96 Hours of Non-Compliance with the Trump and Schaaf Regimes Tuesday Jan 2nd 1:00 PMMore Local News...
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Corp Controlled Public radio normalizes Trump’s misleading response to deadly train wreck Tuesday Dec 19th 8:42 PM
Boycott Utah Monday Dec 11th 7:03 PM
Google hiring 10,000 reviewers to censor YouTube content Friday Dec 8th 2:49 AM
Broadband monopolies to censor Internet content Tuesday Dec 5th 8:58 AM
Facebook Shuts Down Event Page for Student Walk Out Against Richard Spencer (1 comment) Monday Nov 27th 11:57 PM
Net neutrality and the drive to censor the internet Saturday Nov 25th 6:40 AM
FCC plan to repeal “net neutrality” gives telecom giants control of Internet access Thursday Nov 23rd 7:51 AMMore Global News...
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For an international coalition to fight Internet censorship Tuesday Jan 23rd 8:39 AM
Bambuser Community Shutdown Announcement Wednesday Nov 29th 9:14 AM
Google announces moves to censor RT and Sputnik Tuesday Nov 21st 11:55 AM
Irma Volunteers Friday Sep 8th 10:27 AM
Why did these 5 board members vote to kill Pacifica last week? (1 comment) Sunday Aug 27th 3:32 PM
KPFA's Action Abhorrent Saturday Jul 29th 9:10 AM
KPFA's “Deplatformed" Author and Biologist Richard Dawkins Speaking In Corte Madera (1 comment) Friday Jul 28th 1:53 PMOpen Newswire...
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